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David Inside Out by Lee Bantle: Review by Tonya Nagle, PhD

The tagline at the top of the book cover is the reason I added it to my stack: "How can you be yourself when you don't know who that is?"

That sums up, to me anyway, this book is going to be a coming-of-age theme.

The tagline did not disappoint. The book is about a teen named David coming to terms with his personal identity and sexuality. Beyond that this book is layered with complex secondary characters I liked enough I wonder if they will ever get their own stories.

The chapters were quick making it easy to move through the book and feel like I could read one more, just one more. It's only four pages. Which is how I read this in less than a day. The longest chapter was 10 pages. I thought this was a great strategy, especially for a YA and one that could very easily be marketed to young male readers, again, especially for those who are potentially encountering this self-awareness.

It's a contemporary published in 2009 so some of the references may take a minute for a reader who has more access to technology and lives in communities where the LGBTQ+ movement has thrived and the vibe of acceptance if not tolerance has become the norm.

It is a quick read with some excellent emotional moments sprinkled throughout.

I have the paperback of this book and picked it up at Dollar Tree of all places, so be ready for more Dollar Tree finds because I snagged every YA book on the shelf that day.

This is what people on Goodreads have to say about it:

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